On September 21, 2022, TMS announced that it is producing a new crossover anime titled Lupin III VS Cat’s Eye, which is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2023! For now it is unclear whether this project will be a film or an entire animated series.
The Lupin III VS Cat’s Eye project celebrates Lupin III’s 50th Anime Anniversary and Cat’s Eye’s 40th Manga Anniversary. Tsukasa Hojo wrote and illustrated the Cat’s Eye action, crime, mystery manga while Lupin III(Lupin the Third)’s action, comedy, mystery manga was write and illustrated by Monkey Punch.
Voice actor Kanichi Kurita will be reprising his role as Lupin III while voice actress Keiko Seshita will also be reprising her role as Hitomi Kisugi (the main protagonist in Cat’s Eye).
Lupin III VS Cat’s Eye will be the first Japanese animation film to be considered an “Amazon Original”.
You can watch a trailer for the upcoming anime, which reveals it will be using cel-shaded CG techniques, on TMS’s official YouTube channel here:
What is the plot of Lupin III VS Cat’s Eye?
The story is set in Cat’s Eye original 1980s time period in order to give the anime a stylish retro feeling. The Cat’s Eye sisters, who run a café by day and are notorious art thieves by night, are aiming to steal three painting that once belonged to their father. Unfortunately, the master thief, Lupin, is after the same haul. The paintings end up revealing a long-buried mystery.
Will Lupin be able to focus on the job at hand with three distractingly beautiful female thieves pursuing the same treasure, or will Inspector Zenigata be able to take advantage of this opportunity to finally capture the elusive Lupin?
Who are the members of the production team?
Lupin III X Cat’s Eye production team members include:
- Co-Directors – Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia, Godzilla anime movie trilogy)
- Animation – TMS Entertainment
- Assistant Director – Keisuke Ide (Levius)
- Scriptwriter – Shuuji Kuzuhara (Pazudora)
- Music composers – Yuji Ohno (Lupin III’s music composer) and Kazuo Otani (Cat’s Eye’s music composer)
- Character Designers – Haruhisa Nakata (Levius original creator), Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life)
- Production Designers – Naoya Tanaka and Ferdinando Patulli
- Art Director – Mitsunori Kataama
- Editor – Aya Hida
- Sound Director – Youji Shimizu
- Supervisor – Shuhei Katou (CEO of Monkey Punch Works aka M.P. Works)
- Producer – Keiichi Ishiyama
In October 2021, Lupin III Part 6 premiere on NTV channel in Japan and is the latest installment in the Lupin III anime franchise. The English version has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for home video and streaming in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries, and all Nordic Countries.
The Cat’s Eye manga ran from 1981 to 1985, and inspired two TV anime series by Tokyo Movie Shinsha. From 1983 to 1984, the first 36-episode season aired. From 1984 to 1985, the second 37-episode series aired.
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